No doubt very few people understand the purely subjective nature of the phenomenon that we call love, or how it creates, so to speak, a supplementary person, distinct from the person whom the world knows by the same name, a person most of whose constituent elements are derived from ourselves.

 

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I discovered photography early in life. My first exposure to film was in the 1990s when I was a young boy. My mother asked me to snap a photo of her new hairstyle so that she could see for herself how it looked. I performed the task as required of me then carried on with my busy ten-year-old day. After seeing the developed film, my mom proclaimed to all that it was the best photo she'd ever had taken of her. What a fantastic feeling it was to see an immediate brightness come over her! From then on I began to take pictures of everything in my world, inside and out.

Fast forward to 2009 in Paris, France. Stunning architecture, beautiful languages, tropical gardens, women as radiant and soft as the sun's sweetest rays. Enfin! Je suis arrivé au paradis. I knew that I had come face to face with a city whose mere personality was so fascinating that it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself. In Paris I studied photography under the American photographer and academic Hally Pancer. I worked with digital and 35mm film to take stunning photographs that others have called beautiful. The course allowed me to discover my creative side and is the inspiration for much of the photography that I am doing now. 

I received my degree in French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and continue to work as a freelance photographer. My photographs of places (Paris, Illiers-Combray, Cabourg) that inspired Marcel Proust were published in The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Marcel Proust: A Documentary Volume (Gale/Cengage Learning, 2013). The Revue des Deux Mondes, in the June 2013 issue, commemorating the centennial of Swann's Way, characterized these photographs as “splendid.” I work also as William C. Carter’s research assistant for Yale University Press's new annotated edition of In Search of Lost Time, the first volume of which, Swann’s Way was published on the centennial anniversary date November 14, 2013. The second volume, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, is scheduled for publication in 2015.

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